We're going to make you a cooling tea. There are so many different herbs that have cooling properties, and we're just going to focus on three today. One is fennel. Fennel comes in the seed form or the powder form. The powder is when you cook with it. Here, we're going to use the seed form. And they're really beautiful. If you chew on them, they give a really good coolness to the mouth. But they go into the stomach. Really good for digestion.
Then we have mint leaves. Really cooling. Again, this something you can chew on. It gives a really coolness to the mind and calms it down. And it's slightly aromatic, as well. Then you have these beautiful things, which are rose buds and rose petals. They're the actual things. And we're going to take the goodness out of these by simmering. But they're aromatic, as well. And at the same time, they have a cooling property. They're great for night time, as well, bringing down the mind, calming it for sleep.
So, let's talk about quantity. We have one teaspoon of fennel, about 10 mint leaves and three teaspoons of rose. Rose is a very subtle essence, so you have to use a little bit more. And I've found that simmering rose, and then adding other herbs in and letting it all steep, let's the rose essence, which is so light, kind of become a little bit stronger and balance with the other herbs.
So bring two cups of water to a boil. Then bring it down to a simmer. Add the rose petals and the fennel. Let that simmer for about two to three minutes. And then turn the flame off and add the mint leaves. Cover it, and let it steep for 10 minutes.
Then, we've already prepared this tea for you. You can drink it and enjoy it.
You can really taste the subtleness of the rosebud, but then the mint flavor really comes through.
And it's really about simmering it in the beginning with the rose, because usually it's completely overpowered by using any other herbs. So, that's a little trick that I found when working with rose, which I love to work with rose, is that if you simmer it for just a couple minutes, then turn the flame off, adding other herbs and let it steep. And it will be perfectly balanced.
It's a great nighttime drink, as well, before you go to sleep.
We love this drink. And you can add a little bit of sugar if you want, as well.
Try to drink it either hot or room temperature. Try not to drink it cold, because that won't be good for the digestion.